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Canadian study says obesity increases risk of being in a crash

GasBuddy Blog -- A new study conducted by Canadian scientists at the University of Laval says that obesity could not only increase a driver's risk of being in a vehicle crash but also result in more severe injuries.

Published in the Journal of Transportation Safety and Security, the study claimed that morbidly obese drivers may be at increased risk of a crash due to weight-related health complications.

The study also says that because most vehicle designs are less than sympathetic or accommodating to large motorists and large frames that often leaves obese drivers in more critical condition following an accident.

"Poor car-to-person fit is thought to be the leading cause of the increased risk of injury and fatality for people...


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garywa01
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 5:29:14 PM

oh ohhh
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Forget BMI look at muscle to weight ratio
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 9:16:17 AM

Old news
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 6:58:02 AM

yesterdays news
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 3:48:16 PM

gasman50 from Portland posted...

"I missed the part about gas prices.........."

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The Canadians are poking fun at fat-Americans and their cars!

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I can see it now. It's 2020. You open the door to a new Toyota Camry on the showroom floor - affectionately dubbed the Cram-me, after high fuel prices resulted in vehicle manufacturers downsizing cars in response to consumer buying patterns once gasoline climbed above $10 per gallon.

The in-car computer greets you...

... "Our new on-screen comfort system allows the driver to pre-select seat, peddle, steering wheel, and other parts of the driver experience for maximum comfort...."

It will jokingly be called the 'short, tall, or bigger' icon..., but quickly be dubbed the 'fat-button'.

cssco
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 2:43:35 PM

There is nothing wrong with my automobile however, that damn dining room table needs some redesign work, for sure. By the time the mashed potatoes and gravy get to me there is nothing left.
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Shocking!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 1:26:58 PM

No kidding?
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 1:07:13 PM

If you can't fasten your seat belt it's past time to go on a weight loss program.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 12:31:26 PM

FAT & TEXTING BAD COMBO!!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 12:10:33 PM

One more reason to drive less, walk and bike more.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 12:07:28 PM

The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO)

The above site very interesting re: obesity! Rates and maps including 2012 results worldwide!
blackberry522
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 12:05:44 PM

"surprised" i mean.. Gotta say that.. Or 30 people might call me a complete moron waste of oxygen because I spelled a word wrong. Isn't that how it goes on forums?
TXryder
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 12:05:06 PM

Most likely cause is that they are distracted stuffing food in their mouth while driving. I seen it so many times.
blackberry522
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 12:03:59 PM

I'm a little suprised at the hatred of overweight people among these posts... Not what I was expecting.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 12:03:31 PM

What next.
DougtheEconMan
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 12:01:42 PM

Many obese eat their young!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 12:01:23 PM

ok
NewGirl51
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:59:11 AM

I'm not as worried about the obese drivers as I am about the stupid drivers...the ones who are on their cell phones, talking or texting.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:55:33 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:55:33 AM

Skinny People distract me when I'm driving. Make them fatter!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:54:21 AM

@LVNV6ofSpades, if a Suburban is your smallest vehicle, what's your largest???
mageetp
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:52:52 AM

Something to think about for those inclined to be over-weight.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:52:40 AM

keep the big SUV's
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:51:59 AM

Got to agree with 95vette and usndvr. These are also the people that get disabled parking permits so they can park real close and then get in a an electric scooter at the store so they don't have to walk there either. They need to do more things to take care of themselves.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:50:08 AM

but they have more padding :)
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:49:10 AM

Increased weight in the car means greater stopping distance and a harder crash.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:49:07 AM

dont own any recycled beer cans. my smallest vehicle is a suburban.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:48:47 AM

Steering wheel gets stuck?.....
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:45:44 AM

Only if the 400 pound driver is in a 2000 pound Kia.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:45:32 AM

Not if you can't fit in a car...
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:45:00 AM

Hmmm
rx7racerca
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:44:40 AM

Fatter people need fatter cars - been going on for decades...

Jalopnik: How Cars are Getting Fatter
95Vette
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:43:22 AM

Probably true.. if those would park out in the parking lot and walk it would be better for them. instead of circling the lot for 10 minutes in hopes of parking on the front row closest to the door.
And I am with UNNDVR... instead of the drive thru, get out and walk inside!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:41:33 AM

common sense
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:41:26 AM

bull crap
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:41:21 AM

More reason to shape up :)
USNDVR
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:39:49 AM

yes the car-to-person fit is important but also if you are sucking down a drive through diet coke in one hand and chowing down on a double bacon cheeseburger with the other hand, that could be considered distracted driving.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:39:34 AM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:37:14 AM

I weigh 180 , but at 6 ft 4in These tiny cars are hard to fit in and cramped. Little cars for little people. If you're a fat man and cram yourself into a Geo. You're begging for trouble. Think clowns driving tiny cars. If you wanna be fat pony up for a full size vehicle and suck up the fuel cost like the grocery bill.
rx7racerca
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:35:35 AM

Man, a lot of people complain of wasted tax money - it's Canadian research into injuries in crashes, so if you're not Canadian, what is it to you. Considering how many Americans (and Canadians) are overweight, figuring out how to better keep overweight people safe in crashes would seem to be a good thing.
Ken2OD
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:34:48 AM

Start walking more and driving less. That solves a whole bunch of problems.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:33:57 AM

I can't imagine making cars to fit
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:33:46 AM

Suspect common sense dictates most drivers would buy a car that not only is comfortable but would also be a good fit for their body size and shape. To make every car fit everyone seems almost like enforcing a 'one size fits all' standard that can only increase the cost of the car.
syreda
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:32:57 AM

understandable.. but still seems like a complete waste of money.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:32:48 AM

It also uses more gas.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:32:43 AM

uhuh uhuh uhuh
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:32:41 AM

If we all go on diets, we'll be less likely to crash our cars? Now I've heard it all...
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:32:36 AM

one more reason
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YOU THINK!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:29:26 AM

hmm
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